From France: Hazard agrees personal terms with Real Madrid

Lucas eases Real into quarter-finals

Lucas eases Real into quarter-finals

Hazard is under contract at 2020, but Chelsea are keen to improve his contract and make him the highest paid player in the Premier League, overtaking Paul Pogba at Manchester United.

Despite being off the pace in La Liga, Real have made it through to the knockout phase of the Champions League and are into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

'All that's being said about Real Madrid at the moment is negative, but I, and many others, don't share that view.

"But I am happy with the performance of them all, I'm happy these players got more minutes, and the first leg [3-0 victory] was important".

Numancia striker Guillermo started on the bench but came on as a first-half substitute to score a pair of equalisers and cancel out two Lucas Vázquez strikes as Zidane's men stumbled again.

Commonly known as clear-the-air talks, it is hoped that whatever was said will have done the trick and we can start closing the gap on Barcelona.

'The situation is what it is, but we must look for positives; we're still alive in every competition.

"We have to be sensible", Hierro told EFE.

Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro has urged the club to stand by coach Zinedine Zidane. Stating that the things would remain as they are currently and that the contract doesn't guarantee anything, Zidane said that the contract doesn't change anything.

This season has seen Los Blancos already lose three times in 17 games - Barca are unbeaten - which has been in stark contrast to a stellar 2017 which saw Madrid sweep up a record five trophies. We need to find that positive energy among the group and keep moving forward.

The Belgian has played a large part in his club's success so far this season, scoring six goals and adding two assists in the league to help the club hold firm in the top four.

Dani Carvajal will return at right back, however, against a Villarreal side that has injury worries of their own.

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